If you plan to visit Europe this year then you must consider a trip to the Castello di Velona in beautiful Montalcino, in central Italy. This medieval fortress has stood for a thousand years above the ancient Via Clodia. In 1997 the castle was renovated and restructured into the luxury resort, thermal spa and winery it is today.

All rooms and suites are elegantly designed and sumptuously furnished. For those who wish to sample the experience of living like an emperor, the Castle Balcony Suites offer unrivalled peace, relaxation and luxury. With antique furnishings, marble bathrooms and a private balcony overlooking the Val d’Orcia, a stay here would be incomparable. All rooms of course come with free WiFi, top end entertainment systems, premium linens and quality bathroom apparel, as one would expect.

The castle estate produces its own wines and olive oil and guests can enjoy sampling these fine products whilst glorying in the romance of the surrounding landscape, perhaps dining or breakfasting on one of the two terraces which are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

The castle’s two restaurants offer a unique dining experience; one, the Settimo Senso restaurant is in the newer part of the resort and the other, the Velona Lounge Bar is situated in the historical part of the Castle. Whichever one your guests choose, the chef will work with them to prepare a menu especially for them, giving your guests a unique, personally tailored gourmet experience.

For daytime snacks or aperitifs, guests can lounge at the Pool Bar or in the swimming pool and wellness area, where refreshing drinks are served to cool the heat of the day.

If you are looking for the perfect fairytale wedding venue, then the Castello di Velona must be high on your list. The wonderful Tuscan countryside seen from the castle’s terraces, would be the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs – while up to 120 guests can be catered for by a chef who can prepare a customised gourmet wedding meal and the castle’s events team can organise all the preparations for the ultimate romantic wedding.

With corporate guests well-catered for too, travel buyers can create a fully customised experience for their clients at the Castello di Velona.

We were delighted to welcome Barbara Fenu from Castello di Velona to our event in Sicily last week. For more information on upcoming events, please do drop me a note to [email protected] and I can tell you more about us and our next generation of luxury events.